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Charlotte, NC Restaurant Guide

When British settlers named North Carolina’s most populous City in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III, they had little idea “The Queen City” would be such an apt nickname.  Now, the City has world class dining and accommodations, a striking skyline and is the home of major brands like Bank of America, Lowe’s, Honeywell and Truist.

When folks think North Carolina, they think of incredible BBQ, of course!  Charlotte is right in the thick of North Carolina BBQ culture, with dozens of mouthwatering options, including Bill Spoon’s BBQ, which has been serving incredible pulled pork sandwiches and whole hog since 1963.

Or maybe when folks think of Carolina, they think of Southern Staples, like Chicken Fried Steak, Deviled Eggs and Fried Green Tomatoes.  Places like Nana Morrison’s Soul Food, the Metro Diner and more have these essential dishes of the South, ready for your next visit to Charlotte.  Or maybe you’re in the mood for Midwood smokehouse, which is considered by many to be the best in the area?  As our writer says, every bit of BBQ on the menu “is a crispy, smoky, well-cooked tasty dish that leaves you wanting more.”

RH Rooftop Restaurant Charlotte
Peppervine
Village Tavern
The Waterman Fish Bar
The Goodyear House
Musashi
Nakato
Nakato
Futo Buta
Ru San's Sushi and Seafood
New Zealand Cafe
Room 112
Baku
Yume Ramen, Sushi, and Bar
PDQ Concord
LuLu's Maryland Style Chicken & Seafood
The Chicken Box
South 21 Jr
Horace’s Hot Fried Chicken
Original Chicken n’ Ribs
Mr. Charles Chicken and Fish
Haberdish
Poppy’s Bagels and More
Good Wurst Company
Poppyseeds Bagels
Manhattan Bagel
Bagel Bin & Deli II
Mike’s Deli & Bagels
Bleu Barn Bistro
Brook's Sandwich House
Zack's Hamburgers
Harriet's Hamburgers
Pinky's Westside Grill
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
Diamond Restaurant
Bang Bang Burgers
Ace No. 3
Billy Jack's Shack
Sal’s Pizza Factory 
Laurel Market 
Brooks’ Sandwich House 
Johnny Burrito 
Jack Beagle’s 
Coco and the Director 
Original Chicken & Ribs
Little Village Grill
Taipei Express 
Midnight Diner
Mama Ricotta’s
Dolce Ristorante
Portofino’s Park Road
Portofino’s at Eastway
Capishe: Real Italian Kitchen
North Italia
Fiamma Ristorante 
Luce
Midnight Diner
The Original Pancake House
Bistro La Bon
Hazelnut's Creperie
Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro 
Haymaker 225 S Poplar St, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 626-6116
The Goodyear House 
JackBeagles
Ever Andalo
Growlers Pourhouse
Haberdish 
Oh My Soul
Cabo Fish Taco
Midwood Smokehouse
Sweet Lew’s BBQ
Noble Smoke
Bar-B-Q King
Mac’s Speed Shop
McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon
Fahrenheit
Nuvole's Rooftop TwentyTwo
Merchant $ Trade
Whiskey Warehouse
Aura Rooftop
RH Rooftop Restaurant  6903 Phillips Pl Ct, Charlotte, NC 28210
Cloud Bar by David Burke 
Novelty Rooftop 
Bùho Bar 
O-Ku
Superica
Bang Bang Burgers
Bang Bang Burgers
Let’s Meat KBBQ
300 East
Poppy’s Bagels and More
Rai Lay
Bardo
Fairwood 226
Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails 
Catawba Brewing Company Charlotte
Heist Brewery
NoDa Brewing Company
Triple C Brewing Company
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey
Wooden Robot Brewery
Birdsong Brewing Co.
Devil's Logic Brewing
Suffolk Punch Brewing
Divine Barrel Brewing
Free Range Brewing
Bulldog Taproom 
Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse 
Rios Steakhouse
Chima Steakhouse
Estampa Gaucha 
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
BLT Steak
The Capital Grille
The Palm
Oak Steakhouse Charlotte
Carolina Prime Steakhouse
Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
The Porter's House
Rooster's Wood Fired Kitchen
Mert's Heart & Soul
Blackfinn Ameripub
Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo
Aria Tuscan Grille
Sea Level NC
Luce Restaurant & Bar
BLT Steak Charlotte
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Midwood Smokehouse
Sweet Lew’s BBQ?
Noble Smoke
City Barbeque
The Smoke Pit
Las Delicias Bakery
Sunflour baking company
Sweet Boutique Bakery
J Patisserie
Craft Cakes CLT
Amelia’s French bakery
Duck Donuts
Suárez Bakery
Cheesecake Carousel
Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen
Cajun Queen
The Capital Grille
Good Food on Montford
Village Tavern
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Island Thyme
Soul Gastrolounge
Sea Level
The Waterman Fish Bar
Rock Salt
Fin & Fino
Deep Sea Seafood Market
Harbor Inn Seafood Charlotte
Krazy Fish
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Po Boy’s Low Country Seafood Market
Optimist Hall
The Eagle Food and Beer Hall
Norfolk Hall
South Park
Papi Queso
The Market at 7th St
Harmony Hall
Trolley Barn Fermentory
SoVi at South Village Crossing
Inizio Pizza Napoletana
Benny Pennello's
Pure Pizza
Luisa's Brick Oven Pizza
Stagioni
Pizzeria Omaggio
Alino Pizzeria
The Pizza Peel and Tap Room
Alexander Michael's
The Cellar at Duckworth's
5Church Charlotte
The Asbury
Green's Lunch
Halal Truck
7th Street Public Market
Sea Level NC
Haymaker
River’s Edge
Haberdish
Leah & Louise
Amélie's French Bakery & Café
LuLu's Maryland Style Chicken & Seafood
Alexander Michael's
5Church Charlotte
Cabo Fish Taco
Paco's Tacos and Tequila
Cantina 1511
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Cajun Queen
The King's Kitchen
300 East
Dandelion Market
Soul Gastrolounge
River’s Edge
Rhino Market & Deli
The Suffolk Punch
Harry’s Grille & Tavern
Viva Chicken
Sweet Lew’s BBQ
Reid’s Fine Foods
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Cantina 1511- Mooresville
RH Rooftop Restaurant Charlotte
Peppervine
Village Tavern
The Waterman Fish Bar
The Goodyear House
Musashi
Nakato
Nakato
Futo Buta
Ru San's Sushi and Seafood
New Zealand Cafe
Room 112
Baku
Yume Ramen, Sushi, and Bar
LuLu's Maryland Style Chicken & Seafood
The Chicken Box
South 21 Jr
Horace’s Hot Fried Chicken
Original Chicken n’ Ribs
Mr. Charles Chicken and Fish
Haberdish
Poppy’s Bagels and More
Good Wurst Company
Poppyseeds Bagels
Manhattan Bagel
Bagel Bin & Deli II
Mike’s Deli & Bagels
Bleu Barn Bistro
Brook's Sandwich House
Zack's Hamburgers
Harriet's Hamburgers
Pinky's Westside Grill
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
Diamond Restaurant
Bang Bang Burgers
Ace No. 3
Billy Jack's Shack
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Sal’s Pizza Factory 
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Laurel Market 
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Brooks’ Sandwich House 
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Johnny Burrito 
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Jack Beagle’s 
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Coco and the Director 
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Original Chicken & Ribs
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Little Village Grill
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Taipei Express 
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Midnight Diner
Mama Ricotta’s
Dolce Ristorante
Portofino’s Park Road
Portofino’s at Eastway
Capishe: Real Italian Kitchen
North Italia
Fiamma Ristorante 
Midnight Diner
The Original Pancake House
Bistro La Bon
Hazelnut's Creperie
Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro 
Haymaker 225 S Poplar St, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 626-6116
The Goodyear House 
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JackBeagles
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Ever Andalo
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Growlers Pourhouse
Haberdish 
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Oh My Soul
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Cabo Fish Taco
Midwood Smokehouse
Sweet Lew’s BBQ
Noble Smoke
Bar-B-Q King
Mac’s Speed Shop
McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon
Fahrenheit
Nuvole's Rooftop TwentyTwo
Merchant $ Trade
Whiskey Warehouse
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RH Rooftop Restaurant  6903 Phillips Pl Ct, Charlotte, NC 28210
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Cloud Bar by David Burke 
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Novelty Rooftop 
O-Ku
Superica
Bang Bang Burgers
Bang Bang Burgers
Let’s Meat KBBQ
300 East
Poppy’s Bagels and More
Rai Lay
Bardo
Fairwood 226
Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails 
Catawba Brewing Company Charlotte
Heist Brewery
NoDa Brewing Company
Triple C Brewing Company
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey
Wooden Robot Brewery
Birdsong Brewing Co.
Devil's Logic Brewing
Suffolk Punch Brewing
Divine Barrel Brewing
Free Range Brewing
Bulldog Taproom 
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Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse 
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Rios Steakhouse
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Chima Steakhouse
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Estampa Gaucha 
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
The Palm
Oak Steakhouse Charlotte
Carolina Prime Steakhouse
Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
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The Porter's House
Rooster's Wood Fired Kitchen
Mert's Heart & Soul
Blackfinn Ameripub
Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo
Aria Tuscan Grille
Sea Level NC
Luce Restaurant & Bar
BLT Steak Charlotte
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Midwood Smokehouse
Sweet Lew’s BBQ?
Noble Smoke
City Barbeque
The Smoke Pit
Sunflour baking company
Sweet Boutique Bakery
J Patisserie
Craft Cakes CLT
Amelia’s French bakery
Duck Donuts
Suárez Bakery
Cheesecake Carousel
Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen
Cajun Queen
The Capital Grille
Good Food on Montford
Village Tavern
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Island Thyme
Soul Gastrolounge
Sea Level
The Waterman Fish Bar
Rock Salt
Fin & Fino
Deep Sea Seafood Market
Harbor Inn Seafood Charlotte
Krazy Fish
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Po Boy’s Low Country Seafood Market
Optimist Hall
The Eagle Food and Beer Hall
Norfolk Hall
Papi Queso
The Market at 7th St
Harmony Hall
Trolley Barn Fermentory
SoVi at South Village Crossing
Inizio Pizza Napoletana
Benny Pennello's
Pure Pizza
Luisa's Brick Oven Pizza
Stagioni
Pizzeria Omaggio
Alino Pizzeria
The Pizza Peel and Tap Room
Alexander Michael's
The Cellar at Duckworth's
5Church Charlotte
The Asbury
Green's Lunch
Halal Truck
7th Street Public Market
Sea Level NC
Haymaker
River’s Edge
Haberdish
Leah & Louise
Amélie's French Bakery & Café
LuLu's Maryland Style Chicken & Seafood
Alexander Michael's
5Church Charlotte
Cabo Fish Taco
Paco's Tacos and Tequila
Cantina 1511
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Cajun Queen
The King's Kitchen
300 East
Dandelion Market
Soul Gastrolounge
River’s Edge
Rhino Market & Deli
The Suffolk Punch
Harry’s Grille & Tavern
Viva Chicken
Sweet Lew’s BBQ
Reid’s Fine Foods
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Cantina 1511- Mooresville

You can learn about all of that and more in some of our lists focused on the Queen City.  On our “Most Marvelous Steakhouses in Charlotte” post, we cover dishes like the Wagyu bone-in strip at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, the Center cut at Carolina Prime Steakhouse and the Prime Rib at The Porter’s House.  

With a thriving microbrewery scene, including Wooden Robot, Devil’s Logic and more, we focus on the best brewers in the city and some of the in brewery dining options you can pair with your pint.  On every page we provide a map of our list, which can be helpful when it’s better to walk between locations than drive.  Plan out your Charlotte brewery crawl using our picks!

Then of course, there’s the racing scene – if NASCAR were the movie business, Charlotte would be Hollywood.  Between being the home of the NASCAR hall of fame and where some of the sport’s best athletes call home, there’s plenty around racing culture in Charlotte.  In fact, some of these very drivers are also involved in the restaurant business.  NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr has opened two Whiskey River restaurants in Charlotte, Jimmie Johnson once owned a taco shop in Charlotte, and The Speedway Club has hosted numerous drivers over the years.  

Charlotte

The Absolute Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Charlotte

Charlotte has so many fabulous restaurants with prime outdoor seating. Whether you want a romantic date night under the stars or a quiet place to enjoy local cuisines, there are endless places to go. A promising patio is all you need to make an ordinary day or night exceptional, but not all restaurants have outdoor seating. Fortunately, we have made it easier for you by assembling a few restaurants with outdoor seating in Charlotte.

Charlotte

8 Must Try Japanese Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

The Japanese culinary tradition is full of unique dishes, drinks, and experiences. If you find yourself in the Charlotte metro area and crave a tantalizing plate of sushi or glass of sake, keep reading. We’ve compiled some of the best Japanese restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina as ranked by visitors and critics alike.

Charlotte

Where to Find the Best, Most Mouthwatering Fried Chicken in Charlotte

Fried chicken is a wondrous thing to eat any time of the day. This is one reason why Charlotte, North Carolina locals are so lucky–they have *tons* of great restaurants that offer stellar fried chicken. If you are visiting this part of the country, fried chicken in Charlotte is easy to find. Locals know how to fry it up just so. They also know how to add in the kind of side dishes that make it a truly excellent, gut-busting experience. We’ve narrowed down some of the top picks for fried chicken in Charlotte to help you on your search.

Charlotte

Where To Find The Very Best Bagels In Charlotte

Bagels are one of those unmatched breakfast foods.  It’s filling, it’s comforting,  and a great vessel for sandwiches, whether for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Maybe it’s the texture and the shape of the bread that make them so exciting. It may also be because of the unlimited combinations of flavors. One thing is for sure–people always appreciate a good bagel. Here are some great places to find delicious bagels in Charlotte.

Charlotte

The 10 Absolute Best Burger Spots in Charlotte

America has always been home to a variety of mouthwatering cuisines. Today, we focus on one of the nation’s most beloved foods, burgers! Charlotte boasts of some of the best burger spots you can try out on your next visit to the city. Here is a list of some of the Best Burger Spots in Charlotte.

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Charlotte

10 Meals for Under $10 in Charlotte

Eating a meal without spending a ton of money seems so hard these days, and eating cheap while still having great quality seems even harder. Well, we went to work and put together a list of ten different places where you can get a wonderful meal and manage to stay under a $10 budget. From Chinese and Mediterranean to pizza and burgers, below you’ll find some awesome local restaurants serving up great quality meals for super cheap every time! 

Charlotte

The Absolute Most Delicious Italian Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte has become quite the foodie town, not just in the Southeast, but all across the country! And no town can gain that kind of recognition without at least a couple of great Italian restaurants. Well, we’ve put together a list of them. Each of their menus vary based on region, however we can guarantee that no matter which one you pick, you will have a hot, fresh, and ultra comforting meal. Start from the top of the list and work your way down. However you do it, you’re going to want to check all of these out. Bon Appetit! 

Charlotte

Charlotte’s Most Incredible Brunch Spots

Charlotte is one of the most beautiful cities in the South, with lots of entertaining things to see and do. Whether you’re looking to take a nature hike, visit a museum, or visit a restaurant with a stunning view of the city, you’ll find what you’re looking for here! If you want to indulge in a decadent brunch meal while you’re in the city, there are plenty of quality restaurants to choose from. Here are a few of the brunch spots in Charlotte that will make your brunch even more exciting.

Charlotte

The 7 Absolute Best NoDa Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

NoDa, which is short for North Davidson Street, is a neighborhood in Charlotte known for its art, entertainment, and eclectic style. Here, you’ll find tons of fun dive bars, like NoDa 101, one of the best karaoke bars around, coffee shops, cute stores, and of course, delicious food. All of the restaurants around here follow the artsy, eclectic style of the neighborhood from the decorations inside to the menu items they serve. NoDa is nothing but fun and we’ve put together a list of some of the best places to eat while you’re here. Cheers!

Charlotte

Where To Find Totally Mouthwatering BBQ In Charlotte, NC

Charlotte has made tremendous strides in the BBQ game over the last few years. You don’t have to leave the city and travel to enjoy great barbeque anymore. There are plenty of spots in town that will keep you coming back. Here are BBQ spots in Charlotte that will surprise you with their depth of flavors! 

Charlotte

10 Scenic Rooftop Restaurants in Charlotte

Charlotte’s continuous growth and ever-changing skyline means more rooftops to dine and drink on! There’s now plenty of charming places for rooftop brews and swanky lounges. So which are the best rooftop restaurants in Charlotte? Continue reading to find all the very best elevated rooftop bars in Charlotte that are totally worth a visit! 

Charlotte

The Tastiest South End Restaurants in Charlotte

Charlotte is the most tenanted city in North Carolina. This contributes to the rise of many restaurants, most of which have perfected the culinary art over the years. There’s a range of cuisines available in this business hub, and many restaurants are reasonably priced. We went around sampling various restaurants to enjoy the whole culinary experience, and we found this to be among the best South End restaurants in Charlotte.

So now you know…if you’re racing through the Southeast, you have to stop in Charlotte – the home of incredible BBQ, mouthwatering burgers, and the NASCAR hall of fame.  With world-class eateries and some delicious hidden gems throughout the metro area, there’s always a way to get some version of the royal treatment in The Queen City. So crack open a Cheerwine and toast to the best restaurants Charlotte, NC has to offer.